My mobile phone was a good 8 years old, it sent texts it made phone calls but not much else. As a gadget fan I’ve secretly admired smart phone owners from afar but I’ve just never fancied paying for one!
The iPhone does some cool stuff but for £30 a month over two years… no thanks!
After my old Nokia finally began to crumble I had a look round for something new, I knew what I wanted:
- Touch screen
- Internet Connection
- MP3 Player and Camera
- And extendibility – ie access to an app store
I wanted all this with no contract and a low price! A year ago this would not be possible, but now there was an obvious choice…
The Orange San Francisco!
Orange San Francisco Review – A real owner’s Opinion
Anyone who has read my blog, or even just the first part of this post, will know I am not a professional journalist. This isn’t an in-depth review and I’m sure you can find a few of those around. This is my personal thoughts from a long term gadget fan and Orange San Francisco owner.
What does it offer?
The Orange San Francisco is an Android 2.1 powered mobile phone exclusively available from the Orange network (I’ve heard it can be unlocked but you’ll have to get info about that from another site).
It was released at just £99 + £10 top up but current owners can get a discount – every top up you buy on your existing phone gives £1 towards an upgrade fund.
This is an exceptional price for what you get.
You can see it up close and personal here:
What I am Loving about the Orange San Francisco
I’ve only had it a day and already I am very satisfied with this choice! There is nothing on my list that this phone can’t do and my iPhone owning friends are already casting an envious eye over this little piece of tech.
- The capacitive touch screen is fantastically responsive. Typing text is quick and easy.
- The phone is fast and responsive, games, apps and video have all run smoothly so far.
- I have access to all the apps I need – facebook, twitter, maps etc are all easily accessible and work without issue.
- GPS seems to locate me very accurately on a clear easy to read map
- Battery life seems OK, I’ve spent the whole day playing on it and I’m down to about 60%. Obviously with normal usage it will last days between charges (depending on use!)
- Screen is clear and bright
- I tested a PDF book which loaded without problem with the supplied app, it was perfectly readable but I’m not sure you’d want to use it regularly simply because the phone’s screen is small.
- Camera was better than I expected (I wasn’t expecting much!), low light pictures were poor but with good lighting or out in day light the photos were actually pretty good. Better than my 1st digital camera!
I realise the iPhone vs Android debate has been raging on for a while now, but I just can’t see that the iPhone has much over the San Francisco. The Android app store has everything you ever really need and to be honest many of the iPhone and Android apps are pure dross so which has the most is just meaningless.
Orange San Francisco Specification
Here is a quick run down of the all important spec sheet:
- Android 2.1 Eclair OS
- 3 Megapixel Rear Camera
- Wi-Fi / Bluetooth / 3G+ Connectivity
- 150 MB Internal Memory
- 2 GB Pre-loaded MicroSD Card
- MicroSD Card Slot Expandable Up To 32 GB
- USB Port
- POP3/IMAP 4 Email Supported
- FM Radio
- Orange Maps, Messenger, App Store And Orange Wednesdays
For £99 off contract I just can’t fault this phone. It does everything I wanted and what’s more, it does it well too. Sure it doesn’t quite have the quality of the latest iPhone but it will leave many Apple owners wondering if they should have saved themselves a few quid.
Own one? Let me know what you think! Want to buy one? Feel free to ask any questions.